There will be some 250 talks spread across 11 theatres at this year’s BVE, with seminars spanning audio, content delivery, post production and 3D, along with sessions dedicated to FCP X, Arri and the cloud. We’ve picked five of the best.

William Sargent keynote

As one of the heavy-hitters of the UK post and VFX scene, Framestore co-founder and chief executive William Sargent should get this year’s BVE off to a lively start.

Framestore, which has picked up Oscars, Baftas and Emmys in the process of creating VFX and animation for Hollywood studios, UK and US broadcasters, claims to be “the UK’s leading authority on stereoscopic 3D”.

2012 is considered by many to be a pivotal year for 3D, with the London Olympics, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee among the events that could push 3D further into the mainstream.

As a key rights holder a lot will depend on the BBC’s approach to 3D – an issue which Sargent has strong opinions on; last year he lambasted the broadcaster’s cautious approach to 3D, describing its stance as “disappointing”, so it will be interesting to hear his thoughts on the current state of the market.

When? Tuesday 14th at 10am

Where? 3D Revolution

The cloud today

New to BVE is a day of seminars dedicated to the cloud, with the pick of the talks a debate about remote production.

Quantel principal software architect James Cain, Sohonet chief technology officer Ben Roeder, Pinewood Shepperton group director of technology Darren Woolfson and the IT Innovation Centre’s Paul Walland will discuss the issues that surround accessing content.     

When? Wednesday 15th at 1pm

Where? Demystifying the cloud

Why are we still not tapeless? 

BBC North controller of production and the BBC’s lead for the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) Mark Harrison will pose the question, why are we still not tapeless? in the Broadcast Meets IT room.

In November, Harrison spoke to a packed audience at BVE North, where he urged post production companies to do more to help production companies move away from tape.

When? Tuesday 14th at 12pm

Where? Broadcast Meets IT

Live from the riots

Sangat TV, which is tucked away on Sky channel 847, shot to fame last year when it broadcast some of the most compelling images of the summer riots.

Lorna Garrett of video over IP experts Garland Partners, together with Sangat TV, will talk about how the the Sikh community channel used LiveU’s video-over-mobile backpack system to shoot footage that was picked up by broadcasters including Sky.

When? Wednesday 15th at 12pm

Where? Content Delivery Theatre

Religious broadcasting

The religious broadcasting stream is another new addition to this year’s BVE. It might raise a few eyebrows, but it is an area of the market that could be worth paying attention to. One Soho post house recently described a project they had completed for a local church as a dream job; the client had plenty of money and because of its limited experience dealing with production and post, they weren’t very demanding.

Luke Weston and Mark Tennant from Christian broadcaster UCB will discuss multi-channel TV and radio broadcasting at 12pm, and at 2pm, Islam Channel chief executive Mohamed Ali will deliver a speech titled ‘The Global Message’.

When? Tuesday 14th 11am-3pm

Where? Religious Broadcasting


For the full seminar programme click here.